Celebrities are expressing outrage over the assault at Spring Valley High (not the one in Kenya), in which a police officer was captured on camera violently placing a student under arrest.
The incident took place at a Columbia, South Carolina school on Monday, with videos of the altercation going viral within hours. The footage shows a white officer identified as Ben Fields grabbing a female black student sitting in a desk. Fields’ force causes the desk to topple over with the young girl still in it. He then drags her across the room and announces he’s placing her under arrest.
If so inclined, the disturbing video can be watched below.
According to reports, the officer, who is posted at Spring Valley, had been called to the classroom because the student was allegedly being unruly. When she supposedly refused to leave the room, Fields used aggressive force. It’s additionally been reported that a second student was arrested for attempting to intervene.
The hashtag “#AssaultAtSpringValleyHigh” became a top trending topic in the U.S. by Monday evening as the video clips surfaced on Twitter. Among those who watched was Octavia Spencer, who tweeted afterward, “I can’t unsee what I just saw.” Similarly bothered was Olivia Wilde, who wrote, “Disgusting and shameful.”
Talib Kweli retweeted a message that read, “#AssaultAtSpringValleyHigh illustrates the police brutality no civil society should tolerate.”
Gabrielle Union said on Twitter, “So many levels of wrong…” And Charlie Sheen wrote in reference to Fields, “I won’t even offer you the dignity or recognition to print your name. You are a blight on the honor of your badge.” The incident is the latest in a string of police brutality cases that have garnered attention over the last year.